Below are resources to help you in the career exploration and preparation process, this list is in no means exhaustive but will hopefully help you as you develop and achieve your career goals.
Things to Think About
As a student veteran, there are a few important things that you may want to think about as you search for internships and full-time employment.
Getting Your Career on Track
Landing a great job after graduation, or getting into graduate school, takes more than simply going to class each day. A few tips and facts are listed below to give you some insight on what you can do now to succeed after graduation!
Career Resources for Student Veterans
While there are many online career resources for veterans we have summarized the top five high-quality resources to help you as you search for jobs and internships:
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Provided by the Veterans Employment Service is a three-day workshop that will help you take stock of your current situation, explore career options, set goals, make achievable plans and develop the job research and job-seeking skills you’ll need to turn those plans into reality
Recruitmilitary.com A full-service military-to-civilian recruiting firm. Veteran Owned and operated with over 140,000 Jobs in their exclusive database of openings.
Transition Assistance Online A comprehensive career website for job searching, career tools, finding military friendly companies, job fairs, and transitions guidance for Veterans.
Federal Jobs for Military Veterans Federal employment information for Veterans, transitioning service members, their families, Federal HR professionals and hiring managers
Minnesota's Veterans Employment Services (VES) Minnesota VES operates through theJob Service to provide employment assistance to the Minnesota veterans population. Veterans Employment Representatives are available to assist with a wide variety of job-search, job-placement and career-related issues.
Connect with Professionals and Peers
Meeting with former veterans who made the transition from student to professional or others who work in your career area of interest can be a great way to get career advice and find leads on positions. Below are a few ways you can find people in industry who might be able to help.
Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of contacting a professional? You’re not alone! Calling a stranger and asking for advice makes most students a little nervous. To get some tips to help you through this process, simply call your career center and ask for an appointment with a career staff member. We will coach you on what to say when you call a professional, what kinds of questions to ask and how to make the best impression.
Your Legal Rights
As a student veteran, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search or career and how to handle this should it arise. Below you will find some resources to help you understand your rights if you encounter discrimination in a job interview or in the work place. To learn about what constitutes an illegal interview question and how to handle it if the situation happens in a job interview read the article title Handling Improper Interview Questions written by career experts from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. If you experience discrimination once you are in a job, check out Dealing with Discrimination: Tips for Employees.
The Uniformed Services Employment and reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) prohibits discrimination in employment, retention, promotion, or any benefit of employment based on your uniformed service. The Department of Labor, through the VETS, provides assistance to all persons having USERRA claims.
The Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) makes a willful violation of veterans' preference a Prohibited Personnel Practice. If you are a preference eligible and you believe an agency violated any of your rights under the veterans' preference laws or regulations, you may file a formal complaint with the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) .
Campus Career Resources & Events
GoldPASS: Job and internship database for University of Minnesota students & alumni
The Edge: Job, internship and networking database for Carlson School of Management undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni
Career Services Staff Can Help!
All of the career staff on campus is eager to help all students with their career goals. Those individuals listed below are members of the Career Services Diversity Committee any of them would be happy to help you with any career related questions. We are also available to help with presentations tailored t to student groups. Click here to contact the staff member listed for your career center and get started.